The ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila) publishes a wide range of books, reports, working papers, training manuals, CD-ROMs, videos and flash movies. Some of these can be downloaded directly. Others can be requested or purchased in hard copy from the ILO Knowledge Centre in Manila or by email.


  1. Implementation of the labour standards enforcement framework in the Philippines

    14 November 2007

    The study aims to review the experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of Labour Standard Enforcement Framework (LSEF) in the Philippines.

  2. Social protection expenditure and performance review in the Philippines

    06 November 2007

    The report is an attempt to take stock of all social protection interventions employed in the country and assess their performace in terms of costs and coverage.

  3. Lifelong learning in the Philippines

    26 October 2007

    Lifelong learning is defined by the ILO as "all learning activities undertaken throughout life for the development of competencies and qualifications" where "competencies" cover the knowledge, skills, and know-how applied and mastered in a specific context, and "qualifications" mean a formal expression of the vocational or professional abilities of a worker which is recognized at international, national or sectoral levels.

  4. Decent work for all newsletter: Measuring progress towards better and decent jobs in the Philippines

    01 October 2007

    Governments, workers and employers in the Asia Pacific region committed to intensify efforts up to 2015 to attain decent work for all in the region. This issue introduces the Philippine Labor Index (PLI), designed to gauge progress and gaps in achieving decent work.

  5. Generate your business (GYB) idea: Philippine edition

    28 September 2007

    At a time when the public and the large-scale enterprise sector's capabilities to create new jobs fall short of the need for productive and fruitful employment, it is clear that most future jobs will be created in the small-scale enterprises.

  6. Old ways, new challenges. The road to empowerment: Strengthening the Indigenous Peoples' Rights Act. Volume 1

    16 July 2007

    Indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines experience poverty, marginalization, and discrimination. They are a significant target group for the International Labour Organization (ILO) under its Decent Work Country Programme.

  7. Decent work for all newsletter: Families, former combatants become peace builders and bread winners in Mindanao

    01 July 2007

    This issue features stories from the Training for Rural Economic Empowerment (TREE) project in Mindanao which contributed to the peace process where building trust and confidence among former combatants was the aim. It includes updates on workers and employers, child labour, social security, human trafficking, livelihood recovery, youth employment and informal economy workers.

  8. Child trafficking in the Philippines: A situational analysis

    29 June 2007

    Child trafficking is essentially seen as a labour phenomenon which has relationships to migration. The decision for a child to leave home to work, willful or not, made by him or for him by his parents, is affected by individual, familial and community factors.

  9. Best practice industry guide for Philippine employers: Making sure there is no child labour in your business and supply chain

    06 June 2007

    The Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) Project on Child Labour Monitoring (CLM) promotes Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a tool towards the elimination of child labour.

  10. Decent work for all newsletter: Microfinance improves livelihood of parents; school-based programme prevents child labour

    01 April 2007

    In the Philippines, creating decent jobs, safe jobs that provide adequate income, as a strategy for men and women to work out of poverty with dignity and empowerment is at the heart of the common agenda.


  1. Filipino domestic workers: Maximum demand, minimum protection: Project flyer

    15 December 2006

    Domestic work is in high demand in the Philiippines and abroad. However, domestic workers are often at risk due to the nature of their work: in private homes, away from public scrutiny and invisible and hard to quantify.

  2. Decent work for all newsletter: Job prospects for youth

    01 December 2006

    Through training programmes and study tours, Philippine ILO constituents-government, employers’ and workers’ organizations - continued to share their expertise on labour, employment and enterprise issues with others in the region.

  3. Globalization and changes in work and employment conditions in the Philippines

    30 November 2006

    The Philippine government through successive administrations consistently complied with conditionalities arising from structural adjustment programmes of foreign creditors by mainly providing more incentives to foreign direct invesment

  4. Core labor standards: Handbook

    01 October 2006

    The handbook gives some basic information on international core labour standards (CLS), and looks at ways in which they can be incorporated into ADB activities.

  5. Social security for all: Investing in global social and economic development. A consultation

    21 August 2006

    This publication is a contribution to the assignment that the International Labour Conference bestowed on the International Labour Office, i.e. to launch a major campaign for the extension of social security to all.

  6. Kasambahay handbook: Everything the Filipino domestic worker wants to know

    17 August 2006

    The handbook is a reference tool for domestic workers and other users who seek to have a basic understanding of the issues and vulnerabilities that domestic workers face, and describes available and evolving policy and legal instruments, facilities and services available in relation to registration, social security coverage, skills-acquisition, information access and useful networks for the sector.

  7. Trafficked into forced labour: Selected case studies of domestic workers in the Philippines

    15 August 2006

    This book presents selected real life stories of domestic workers that show how they become trapped in the cycle of trafficking for forced labour. While many have fallen victims, there is much that can be learned from their strong personal courage to survive and empower themselves despite the odds.

  8. Multi-component programme of SUMAPI: Terminal report

    31 July 2006

    The programme's objective is to mitigate/lessen the vulnerability of domestic workers to fall into forced labour and trafficking through direct action in five areas (National Capital Region (NCR), Batangas, Cebu, Bacolod and Davao City.

  9. Using Indonesian law to protect and empower Indonesian migrant workers: Some lessons from the Philippines

    20 July 2006

    In Indonesia, the number of migrant workers, particularly female migrant workers, going overseas to work, continues to grow, and the remittances sent back to Indonesia by migrant workers now constitute one of the largest sources of foreign income for Indonesia, and thereby makes a significant contribution to the country’s economy and development.

  10. Protecting domestic workers from their vulnerability to forced labour and trafficking: A training tool for foreign service officers, staff officers and attaches corps

    06 June 2006

    The project was conceptualized as an offshoot of the regional project of the ILO on "Mobilizing Action for the Protection of Domestic Workers in Southeast Asia".